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The Ice Storm (1997) Movie Information

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1226

Avg. Rating:

2.91/4

# of Ratings:

88

Genres:

Drama

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

09/27/1997

DVD Release:

03/18/2008

Director:

Ang Lee

Actors:

Kevin Kline
Sigourney Weaver
Joan Allen
Henry Czerny
Christina Ricci
Elijah Wood

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

Change is coming to a 1973 suburban Connecticut neighborhood. Drugs, alcohol and casual sex begin to affect the lives of several middle-class familites.

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Snoogans 05/05/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

A perfectly casted ensemble drama. Every aspect of the relationships these two families share is represented with great honesty. I wasn't emotionally invested. Though, I was intrigued by how each character was going to face their own problems and how everyone's problems combine to make one seemingly (but not really) complicated mess.

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patjohnson76 03/26/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

A good and engaging story for the most part. The adult characters of Kline, Weaver, Allen, and Jamey Sheridan, as the two married couples, are very believable in their roles as frustrated, bored, and longing characters. If there's a weak point to the story, it comes from the younger crowd of Maguire, Ricci, Wood, and Holmes, who mirror their adult counterparts but come across as unbelievable due to a too-cool-for-school characterization that engages in more eye rolling the interest. Would have been a much better pic if the focus had been mostly on the adults.

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Chris Kavan 02/19/2008 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

Superb directing that captures an era in time near perfectly. The casting is also well done and adds to the enjoyment. One of those movies that stands up to repeat viewing and gets better every time.

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Rakkie 01/17/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

great casting, weaver, kline, allen are perfect, one of the best movie from 90's. ang lee was directing so well, i like this movie

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  Daniel Corleone
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10/09/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Ice Storn review

A tragic authentic film of two families consisting of Ben (Kevin Kline), Elena (Joan Allen) kids, 16-year-old Paul (Tobey Maguire) and 14-year-old Wendy (Christina Ricci) and neighbors, the Carvers, include Jim (Jamey Sheridan), Janey (Sigourney Weaver) with their children Mikey (Elijah Wood) and Sandy (Adam Hann-Byrd). Direction was remarkable though the pacing a bit slow in certain scenes. Screenplay was exceptional with quotes: Janey - "A person's body is his temple." Philip - "Sometimes the shepherd needs the comfort of the sheep." Paul - "In your life, it's kind of like you dip in and out of it, a place where things don't quite work out the way they should. But for some people, the negative zone tempts them." The picture never feels dated and the performances especially from Kli...

Rating of
3/4 

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  Franz Patrick
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08/12/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A Good Suburban Drama

I saw this film back when I was in high school and I didn’t get the point of it. Upon viewing it with a lot more experience, I thought that it was a smart observation about surburban life. Although it was somber in various levels, it is also darkly comic while still being tragic. Thanks to Ang Lee’s ability to balance tones and characters, this turns out to be not just another look at suburban depression. It actually has something important to say, which should be apparent by the end of the film. I must give kudos to Sigourney Weaver for playing an unlikeable but hilarious character. Although her character says one thing, she completely thinks and does the opposite–which I think most people can relate to, including myself. Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire, and Katie Holmes were (or looked a...

Rating of
3/4 

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